Princess pageant raises money for breast cancer awareness

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By Sam Hickman

 CAROLINA SHORES — There was plenty of glitz and glamour on display Saturday, May 31, in Carolina Shores. 


The Princess of the Southern Carolina Pageant presented “Under the Boardwalk,” its 2014-15 competition at the South Brunswick Islands Center on U.S. 17 in Carolina Shores.

The pageant and its contestants raised more than $1,000 for breast cancer research and awareness, director Crystal McLamb said.

Heather Kinlaw, the 2014 Brunswick County Relay for Life chairwoman, offered a “Help Raise Awareness” campaign speech to the crowd of more than 100.

“I’m so excited about sharing my story with you and I hope that it might touch one or more of your lives today,” Kinlaw said. “I hope it encourages you to make a difference and an impact on cancer awareness.”

Kinlaw was diagnosed with breast cancer only three months after her sister received her own diagnosis. Kinlaw and her sister both have the BRCA 2 gene, but Kinlaw is enjoying her life now cancer-free.

“Between Relay for Life and this, I’m glad to be able to help,” she said.

McLamb thanked everyone on Facebook a day after the pageant for making the event possible.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped me to put on a great show last night,” she said. “Everything was beautiful and I’m glad everyone seemed to have a great time. Thank you.”

McLamb has been the director of the event for four years. This was the first time the event was held at the South Brunswick Islands Center. McLamb, who lived in Columbus County before moving to the beach in October, wanted to bring the pageant with her to Brunswick County.

“It was a great turnout for our first time being down there,” she said.

“I got a lot of good comments and a lot of people said they liked it. I think we did a real good job for the first time. I was excited about it.”

Saturday’s competition featured songs, dances and other talent competitions as well as appearances from last year’s winners, including farewell appearances from Royal Princess Courtney Martin, Honorary Princess Destiny Clewis, Overall Supreme Bailey Ray, Wee Miss Katelyn Tedder, Queen Taylor Benton, Mini Miss Trinaity Barnes, Tiny Miss Emma Hansen, Mini Honorary Princess Konoah Chavis, Young Miss Kaley Smith and Miss Tonya McCullum.

Smith said the last year as Young Miss has been “hectic and busy.”

“It was pretty good (being Young Miss). Everybody’s been real nice,” she said. “But I’m excited to give it up. It’s time for someone else to have a turn.”

The contestants in this year’s pageant were Aria Bowen, Isabella Perez, Kynlei’ Smith, Taylor Cobb and Kinsley McLamb (Wee Miss), Kendall Long (Mini Miss), Riley Anderson (Tiny Miss), MiKayla Pease, Ryeigh St. George (Little Miss), Brenna McPherson, Clara Hicks (Young Miss), Alexis St. George, Allison Allred, Alexandria Griffin (Princess), Sarah Glaesner (Queen) and Yvonne Anderson (Mrs.).

Other winners were: Kaley Smith (Honorary Princess), Trinity Barnes (Mini Honorary Princess), Isabella Perez (Mini Majestic), Mikayla Pease (Magestic), Aria Bowen (Mini Royal Princess), Breanna McPherson (Royal Princess), and Taylor Benton (Miss).

The pageant was established in 2010 and became an official preliminary to the Princess of North Carolina State Scholarship Pageant in 2012.


Sam Hickman is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or shickman@brunswickbeacon.com.